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Today's News

  • Vegas man facing 7th DWI

    A Las Vegas man who already had his driver’s license revoked for a previous DWI couldn’t resist the temptation of getting back behind the wheel to buy chewing tobacco when his ran out.

    Despite the fact that he had downed three beers, according to his own admission, Damian Valdez, 30, who resides on the 2700 block of Seventh Street, got into the vehicle and headed to the store.

  • MainStreet making its mark

    Cindy Collins and MainStreet de Las Vegas’ work has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this month, the group was recognized by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division for their efforts to preserve the state’s first volunteer firehouse, the E. Romero Hose and Fire Company building located on Bridge St. The group was the recipient of the division’s Architectural Heritage Award.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: A good friend makes all the difference

    Day One of our Route 66 adventure in January 2015 had its stops and starts. When visiting Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C., I had purchased the book on tape “Abraham Lincoln: the Prairie Years.” I had always intended to read Sandburg’s definitive biography so now we would cross the prairie listening to his words. By the second CD, I couldn’t bear the narrator’s raspy voice.

  • Poll shows strong support for paid family leave

    By Alejandra Cancino
    For The Associated Press

    CHICAGO — Time off from work to care for a child or relative is codified in federal law. Now, an overwhelming majority of Americans 40 and older want that time away from the job to be paid.

    An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday said 72 percent support paid family leave. Democrats were more likely to back it, but Republicans also expressed strong support. Overall, support was stronger among people age 40-64 and among women.

  • Effluent available for watering yards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The city of Las Vegas will once again allow the public to get reclaimed water for their yards beginning on Monday. 

    The reclaimed water will be available at the Utility Services Center located at 905 12th Street. Hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1,000 gallons and an additional 50 cent charge per trip.

  • Value of nuclear power up for debate in rate case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Discrepancies over the value of electricity purchased from a nuclear-fired power plant in Arizona has interrupted proceedings related to a request by New Mexico’s largest electric utility to raise rates for more than a half-million customers.

  • Editorial Cartoon: May 22, 2016
  • Editorial : Give teens an opportunity this summer

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Minot (North Dakota) Daily News  and was originally published on May 16.

    It’s not a groundbreaking observation to point out that many businesses are very much in need of good employees...

  • Another Perspective: A different approach to teaching

    The school year is almost at an end, giving us in the community the opportunity to reflect on the state of education here in Las Vegas. The crucial need to help our children improve their level of academic understanding, as the key to our future, has been thoroughly noted in letters to the editor and articles in the newspapers. What can we do to make sure the children and young people of Las Vegas find success in our schools?

  • Just a Thought: It was not supposed to happen this way

    God takes a loved one away before their time. A young person chooses to get hooked on drugs. Your employer sells his business and leaves you jobless. Your spouse has an affair. The stock market crashes.

    What now? You might look up to make sure a piano isn’t about to fall on your head. At times like this you are walking a valley and it seems there is no way out.

    It’s not in the script. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. But it has.